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Jakarta Post

Metromini opposes new competitor

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, February 28 2008   /  11:29 am

JAKARTA: Dozens of Metromini bus drivers held a strike Wednesday against a new competitor operating from Blok M terminal, South Jakarta. The drivers parking their orange minibuses outside the Jakarta Transportation Agency offices on Jl. Taman Jati Baru I, Central Jakarta. They demanded the administration stop a Patas bus service which runs run from Blok M to Kampung Rambutan terminal in East Jakarta and Blok M to Pondok Labu bus terminal in South Jakarta. In three weeks since the new service became available Metromini operators saw their income plunged by 80 percent, they said. "It's unfair," a driver, Marbun said, as quoted by Tempointeraktif.com. Having failed to meet any agency officials to deliver their protest, drivers left the venue at around 1:30 p.m. The drivers said they would return March 1 in another strike. -- JP ...